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Tonight heralds the return of one of my least-favourite events of the calendar - the end of British Summertime. At 2am this morning, UK clocks will turn back by an hour, plunging us into darkness an hour earlier - pretty brutal stuff, especially for us already-sun-starved Brits!! 😱 😜
Twice a year, I remind myself of how BST works by remembering the little phrase, “The clocks Spring forward and Fall back", and whilst the Springing forward bit is pretty easy to adjust to, I‘ve always struggled a little with the Fall Back part of the equation. So this year, as the darkness of winter encroaches, I've decided to spread a little light and colour as an antidote to the SADness, to lift my spirits and, hopefully, yours too!
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Although they were not painted together, I reckon this little 'Said in Stones' pebble trio and miniature artwork 'We Fall Only to Rise Again' are a match made in heaven! ✨
I love to see Said in Stones collection pebbles and cobbles hanging out with my artwork. Although at first glance the two may seem quite different, they compliment each other beautifully. As creatrix, I find the two disciplines equally compelling, each in its own unique way. The focus, containment and patience required to work with the stones and pebbles appears to be a very different energy than that which is involved in creating a huge, splashy, wild 100 x 150 cm abstract on canvas. And yet the two are not as far apart as they may seem - in fact, they are stablemates and siblings. An inherent part of both processes is the state of space and mindful-yet-open focus I enter when creating; the reflective looking and listening which is as vital to the creation of both types of work as the brush strokes or pen marks themselves. The spontaneous, playful-respectful nature of my working approach means that every canvas or pebble is a singular, unrepeatable moment in time, captured and offered lovingly as a gift to you or the special person you are gifting it onward to...
Here's another example of the inherent compatibility of stones and paintings - 'Birds In Her Heart' alongside Said In Stones pendant SISP045J:
And here's another aesthetically pleasing pairing - 'Making Waves' alongside a few recently completed Said In Stones decorative pebbles:
If you're looking for a truly unique, one of a kind gift or investment purchase for yourself or a loved one, the stones and artwork shown in this post are available to collectors in my webshop at the time of writing. If they've already found their new homes by the time you read this, there are a number of other works to choose from and I add new ones as they are completed. All are created with love and the intention of spreading the message and resonance of healing through creativity.
I hope you've enjoyed this post. As an independent, self-financing creative, and a radically unschooling Mama, your support, kind-ness, and appreciation of my art are most welcome. Please feel free to comment below or share this post if you feel called to do so. As well as funding the daily necessities of life, proceeds from sales of my work facilitate the continued creation of my painting, writing and photography. On an energetic level, your support is confirmation that I am doing the work I was born to do, and inspires others to follow their own authentic life expression...
AUCTION NOW LIVE - BIDS VIA MESSAGE using my Contact form, please.
100% of the sale of 'All's Not Lost' will go directly to @orangutaninformationcentre, so please share this post with anyone you think might like to bid.
'All's Not Lost', inspired by Hope, is up for auction to raise funds for the team who are looking after her and many other orangutans rescued from persecution.
Message me with your bid, please - I'm not placing this artwork on eBay as I want the full donation amount to go to Hope's care at @orangutaninformationcentre. I'll run the auction for 7 days, with updates as we go along on where the bidding stands. I'm donating both the artwork itself AND the cost of tracked and insured shipping.
Hope's baby tragically died during her rescue from a palm oil plantation where they were being viciously persecuted. Hope is now in intensive care, her body riddled with 74 pellet shots, suffering from traumas including a broken shoulder and large, open wounds inflicted upon her by humans. As a mother myself, and as a cell in the body of humanity - a species that is capable of such kindness and yet is also causing so much destruction - this 'story' (much as I hate to call it that) is incredibly poignant. It really makes one feel deep despair at the cruelty in the world, alongside anguish that people are placed in a position where the greed of corporations drives them to carry out such dreadful acts. But truly, TRULY, all is NOT lost - as long as there are people upon this planet feeding back empathy, love, compassion and understanding, and willing to take right action in the defence of that which is life serving, Life Itself will perceive those acts and KNOW what to do to balance and rectify these situations. As long as there is breath in us, we must know that there is still hope.
It makes for truly heartbreaking viewing, but if you want to follow Hope's story and ongoing efforts to save her, please visit https://www.instagram.com/orangutaninformationcentre.
100% of the sale of 'All's Not Lost' will go directly to The Orangutan Information Centre, so PLEASE alert anyone in the who you think might like to bid via your social media channels or any other methods at your disposal.
Thank you <3
#SaveOrangutans #SumatranOrangutans#OrangutanRehabilitation #oic #hope#charity #auction #orangutan#sumatranorangutan #orangutansumatera
I spent much of today working on a new painting titled 'All's Not Lost', which is inspired by the story of Hope the Orangutan. Rescued this week by the team at Orangutan Information Centre, Hope and her baby had been the subject of merciless persecution due to their presence in a palm oil plantation. Hope was badly injured, has been blinded in both eyes. Both she and her baby were traumatised and suffering from malnourishment.
Hope's baby tragically died during the rescue operation, and Hope herself is in intensive care, her body riddled with 74 pellets from air rifle shots and suffering from other traumas including a broken shoulder and large, open gashes. Hope and her sweet baby have been in my heart and on my mind ever since I saw OIC's first post about them. As a mother myself, and as a cell in the body of humanity - a species that is capable of such kindness and yet is also causing so much destruction - their 'story' (much as I hate to call it that) is incredibly poignant. It really makes one despair at the cruelty in the world and simultaneously feel anguish that people are placed in a position where the greed of developed nations and corporations drives them to carry out such dreadful acts...
I'm not posting the most harrowing images of Hope or her baby in acknowledgement that many of us simply cannot bear to see such disturbing content. They are truly heartbreaking, and those images are burned indelibly in my mind. If you do want to find out more about Hope's story and follow the ongoing efforts to save her, please visit the OIC's Page on facebook or their Instagram. A 3 month-old baby named Brenda by the rescuers is also in intensive care having been confiscated in poor health. I do wonder whether these two beautiful souls will be able to help each other back to health...
Once it is completed, I intend to auction this painting to raise funds for Hope and Brenda. All funds raised will go directly towards their care and rehabilitation.
Please feel free to let me know in the comments below or via my online contact form if you would be interested in bidding on this piece, and please also alert anyone else you think might be interested either in bidding or in Hope's story. Watch this space for updates upon its completion and further details of how to bid.
#SaveOrangutans #SumatranOrangutans #OrangutanRehabilitation #oic #hope #brenda#orangutan #sumatranorangutan #orangutansumatera
"The woo-woo is scientific" - Bruce Lipton
Synchronicity 1: The Raven's Gift
Whilst I've been going through the mill lately, sweet Raven has had my back every step of the way. Totally unfazed by my 'emotional vomiting', 'oversharing' and occasional deep dives into the abyss, Raven has been sending me lovely things to keep my spirits up and get the message across that 'I am enough', 'Everything is OK' and so forth. One of those 'things' has been a steady little stream of #memes, #thoughts and #inspirational #art from various sources. The image you see here is one such candle in the dark - a piece of art with motivational text from The Latest Kate, whose work I was not previously familiar with...
I went to her delightful feed on Instagram and was so impressed that I decided right away to #repost one of her artworks, something I am very judicious about - as creative in your own right, after all, your Insta followers came to see your content, not somebody else's content, am I right?
As I scrolled through, watching for resonance, this piece jumped right out at me. You also can see what I wrote when reposting it on my Instagram below:
@jaytaylorart #shoutout #repost from @thelatestkate, whose work was shared with me by the light of my life @raven_grymm. Kate's Instagram feed is full of beautiful and inspiring art and wisdom, much of which speaks to those who are facing inner and outer darkness and transmuting turning on the light as best we can.
If you head on over there, I'd love to hear which of Kate's Creations speaks to you most right now. I am particularly feeling this one, for reasons that will be obvious to those of you who know me a little bit. It's not just about the image and words on Kate's artwork, though - I also love the quote she chose to accompany it: wise words indeed from Maya Angelou:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
For me, this is a reminder that when you interact with other beings, no matter what their age, culture, language or species, they will FEEL you above all else...What feelings will you be remembered by? Are you aware of the feelings you are transmitting? What feelings are you going to remember them by?
What's your interpretation? Let me know in the comments below 💖
Synchronicity 2: Spirit Animals
As I mulled the reasons for my strong sense of connection to this particular post from Kate, which were multifaceted and abundantly obvious to me, I knew I wanted to reach out and share the photo below right after it, mostly to give some context to the people who started following me after it was originally posted a couple of years ago. Doing so also gave me a platform to express some of the strong feelings and insights that were flooding through me after sitting with Kate's beautiful imagery and the emotions it evoked. Here it is, with the words that accompanied it:
Some context regarding my last post, for those of you who DON"T know me a little bit yet...Mister Bird and Sunny... Two of my best friends in the world and two of my greatest teachers. I must be part elephant, because leaving their graves - and those of Milo, Millie, Apricot, Dot and Robert - behind was a source of great pain when I had to leave our former home... But although their bones are lost to me, our love for each other most certainly is not. Although I cannot do so in my physical body, I visit them often whilst sitting in silence, reaching through space and time to sit beside their burial place or hang out with them in the sunshine. They will live in my heart and my memories until I join them in the earth...and until then, I will do my best to embody the qualities they taught me and the lessons we learned together... In a very real way, they are now my #spiritanimals, many of whom surround me with their loving guidance and companionship. Do you have a spirit animal? Can you feel your animal companions around you? I would love to hear your stories about them if you would like to share them here ❤
PS I wanted to post the raw, unedited version of this image but I cannot find it this morning. So the 'glamorous' version will have to do. No makeup but a ton of filters, haha 😗🐓😆
Synchronicity 3: Saint Cuthbert
So the same day that I posted the two images and text above, I was reminded (by Raven again!) of how helpful it is to me to sing. We'd been talking about 'scream therapy' and I said that I can't do it - each to their own, but I just can't go out there and inflict my pain upon an unsuspecting natural population. I have tried, but no. Instead, I felt that I should sing - something that brings me great joy and healing. I really felt like singing 'Amazing Grace' all of a sudden! But the acoustics in our new little house are awful... SO I thought I'd combine a walk with a visit to the local church, where the acoustics were bound to be better. Off I pottered, in I went - and as I began singing, this is what I saw. Remind you of anything?! 😁 Obviously, this went straight up on my Instagram feed as soon as I got home!
I don't know what the odds are on me happening upon this today whilst looking for somewhere with great acoustics in which to sing Amazing Grace (don't ask!), but I'm willing to bet that they are pretty darned low. I mean, seriously - following on from my last two posts?! Life is about as subtle as a sledgehammer between the eyes or a passionate kiss from a new lover's lips sometimes!
Saint Cuthbert's Church with Saint Cuthbert himself, looking perfectly beatific and handsome as can be 😊 Stained glass Protector of animals and birds, silently gazing down at me with similar compassion as I sang my little non-religious heart out, in perfect synchronicity with the flow of my life these past several hours.
Life - don't you love it?! What synchronicities have popped up in your life today? Let me know in the comments, if you'd like to share...
Thank you for reading this far, if you have! And please feel free to answer any or all of the questions I asked on the original Insta posts, or share anything else that comes to mind. With love,
Another day of stripping wallpaper...Two more job rejections... (is it possible that life is trying to tell me something?)...But in the midst of the chaos that is my existence at present, here's another #doodle for Life! In the absence of a place in which I can paint anything other than walls, stairs and floors in my new home, I am doodling every day. You can take the #art supplies and studio space away from this #artist, but never, ever the #creative urge. As long as I have a pen and paper, I can and will still be arting - I literally can't resist, especially during phone calls or listening to music, inspirational videos or audiobooks. Is anyone else out there a serial doodler? I'm sure I can't be alone in this. I'd love to see some of your 'telephone call art'...! 😘
#doodling #pen #ink #drawing #creative
Stream of consciousness ramblings, artings, happenings and brain droppings